To preface everything to follow, this is a love letter. There are very few things in my life that have remained constant, but my unabiding love for the X-Men is one of them.

The uniquely X-Men blend of superheroics, soap opera, science fiction, and social justice is one of the most addicting ongoing stories to ever be created. It’s also one of the most byzantine, elaborate webs of continuity and plot to ever be put to page, rivalling that of Middle-Earth, Dr. Who, or The Simpsons. …


One of the most fun elements of comics are events and crossovers. These are the summer blockbuster, AAA tentpole stories that serve to drive the events of entire franchises for months and years to come. Plot twists, widescreen action, romance, drama, intrigue! But in all of comics, no one quite does crossovers and events like the great superhero soap opera that is the X-Men.

Here, you’ll find the 11 best events the X-Men have to offer. To check out the earlier entries, click here and here.


One of the most fun elements of comics are events and crossovers. These are the summer blockbuster, AAA tentpole stories that serve to drive the events of entire franchises for months and years to come. Plot twists, widescreen action, romance, drama, intrigue! But in all of comics, no one quite does crossovers and events like the great superhero soap opera that is the X-Men.

Over the last 4 years, I read every X-Men story ever, and so I got to read every X-Men event as well. Some are not great, and some are sublime. Here, I’ll be ranking them worst…


One of the most fun elements of comics are events and crossovers. These are the summer blockbuster, AAA tentpole stories that serve to drive the events of entire franchises for months and years to come. Plot twists, widescreen action, romance, drama, intrigue! But in all of comics, no one quite does crossovers and events like the great superhero soap opera that is the X-Men.

Over the last 4 years, I read every X-Men story ever, and so I got to read every X-Men event as well. Some are not great, and some are sublime. Here, I’ll be ranking them worst…


Since November, and arguably well before that, the future of the Anti-Trump coalition has been muddled at best. There are a number of reasons for this malaise that’s gripped the movement.

First and foremost, there is genuine disagreement in the leadership about what to do. Some are committed to fight for the soul of the GOP. Others have decided there is no space for them in the current GOP. Others have opted for strategic independence. Even more are actively committed to working with the Democrats to vote out Trump enablers. There are even those who would like to begin the…


It’s hard in the chaos and Bedlam of the Trump era, the chaos of 2020, to take stock of the enormous losses we’ve had as a people. Between the hundreds of thousands dead, millions unemployed, and the untold amounts of human suffering caused by a necessary yet terrible isolation, we might not recognize just how many towering figures of history and culture have been lost in the interim of this era of American politics.

In many ways those we’ve lost represent the end of an era of America, and the birth of a new one. That this has happened under…


Republicans have prided themselves in being the party that viewed America as the “shining city upon a hill.” This pride was rightly deserved considering America’s unique and exceptional role in human history. That being said, the beauty of America is that we are a nation in constant refinement, looking to create a more perfect union. At some point, Republicans stopped caring about creating a more perfect union, content to look to yesterday for perfection, rather than boldly charting a course for our descendents. Any new party for conservatives must contribute to the market of ideas to create America’s future. …


Extolling the litany of hypocrisies the Republican Party engaged in over the past years is a cottage industry, and something that everyone reading this should be familiar with. However, taking an honest look at the failure of American conservatives remains necessary so long as a majority of Republicans in power insist nothing is wrong or needs to change. The current state of the party is reflective of a political group that has lost its way, reaping the consequences of disconnecting from issues its voters cared about, and abandoning hope it can win over new voters. …


One of the pivotal failures of the Republican Party was refusing to provide a positive, forward looking vision for America’s future. Conservatives by nature look to the past to chart a course for the future, but that reverence for our past cannot substitute for a clear understanding of America’s future. Any new center right party will not just have to be a home for conservatism, but work in concert or tension with progressives, liberals, libertarians, and the far right to responsibly govern. Moreover, every American has a unique vision for what America is and should be, and these visions will…


America is an idea worth fighting for. Time and time again in our history as a nation, when we were at our most divided, despondent, and uncertain, we heard these words. America is an idea worth fighting for. The idea of the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness. That everyone, regardless of race, creed, sexuality, or nationality can pursue their lives free of persecution. That everyone has the right to self-determination. This notion is such an ambitious prospect that it deserves the devotion and work of all Americans in order to achieve our ideals. …

Christian Thrailkill

Writer on the intersection of Art and Politics

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